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BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Introducing competition returns for 2022

The winner will have the chance to record their own Live Lounge session

By Will Richards

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BBC Radio 1 have announced the return of their Live Lounge Introducing series for 2022 – get all the details below.

The search will result in one emerging artist or band being given the opportunity to record their own edition of Radio 1’s lauded Live Lounge series.

To enter, artists are encouraged to submit music here to the BBC Introducing Uploader, which will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Submissions close at 11.59pm GMT on Saturday (March 12).

Radio 1 DJs Rickie, Melvin and Charlie discussed the project in a statement, saying: “We loved Radio 1 Live Lounge Introducing last year, and we are beyond excited that we have the chance to welcome another brand new, emerging talent onto our show!

The biggest stars perform in the Live Lounge, including artists that have started their journey with BBC Introducing and we can’t wait to see who makes it this time round!”

Recently in the Live Lounge, Coldplay delivered a cover of the PinkPatheress song ‘Just For Me’. They gave the song their own ethereal twist, and frontman Chris Martin was full of praise for the up-and-coming singer.

The song appeared on PinkPantheress‘ debut mixtape that came out last October, called ‘To Hell With It’. When asked how they settled on the surprising song choice for their cover, Chris Martin explained:  “I was finding out about PinkPantheress and she’s so great and talented and wonderful.”

After the cover was released, PinkPantheress topped the BBC’s annual Sound of… poll for 2022. The Bath-born, London-based bedroom-pop singer-songwriter came first in the 2022 rundown after a whirlwind 2021 that saw her build up a significant following on TikTok, where she boasts more than 1.1 million followers.

This year’s Sound of… shortlist was voted for by a panel of 130 industry experts, including Elton JohnEd Sheeran and Billie Eilish. Isle of Wight folk duo Wet Leg came second after scoring a sleeper hit with their single ‘Chaise Longue’ last year.

Mimi Webb, who had a top ten hit with the ballad ‘Good Without’ last year, was in third, while Lola Young, whose version of Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey’s ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ soundtracked 2021’s John Lewis Christmas ad, was fourth. West London drill innovator Central Cee rounds out the top five.